Victorwine wrote:I don’t believe there is a stipulation in the rules and regulations of the CdP AOC governing allowable percentages. So technically any (single) varietal wine made in the region from any one of the 13 or so “allowable” grape varieties could be labeled CdP.
Jon Leifer wrote:Just took a look in my cellar book and I found entries for 1989 Fonsalette Reserve that was a Syrah and the 1990 Fonsalette Reserve which I think was also all syrah and my notes indicate that both were superb,,However, they were both cotes du rhone and not CnDP..all subsequent entries in my book re Fonsalette appear to be the basic cotes du rhone cuvee..Not sure if Rayas still makes the Syrah cuvee of Fonsalette..If they do, am sure it would be a terrific wine, regardless of appellation.
David M. Bueker wrote:2002 Edmunds St. John California Syrah "The Shadow"
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of grapes...
Probably not so much. Haven't opened one of these in a long time, but a series of reminders got me thinking of opening my last bottle. It's such a contrast to the 2001 ESJ California Syrah that it's hard to believe they even come from the same state. Where the 2001 has a richness and depth of intensity, the 2002 is laser focused, shot through with an acidic structure that reminded me of some of those Texier Brezeme wines. The fruit is a red/black blend, with the lighter fruits (berries) showing up on the finish that also hints at earth and meat. It's a tasty wine, though not as engaging as its 2001 cousin.
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